Is your motor bike street legal? It depends

ATVs (file photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you ever wondered if that two-wheeled motorized vehicle belonged on the road, there are a few distinctions.

According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, in general:

  • Motorcycles: Any two-or three-wheeled motor vehicle (that does not have a driver’s seat that is enclosed or designed to be enclosed) that produces more than 2 brake horsepower must be registered as a motorcycle.
  • Motor Driven Cycles are defined as a motor scooter, moped or motorbike having an engine size of less than 50 cc and a seat height of at least 26 inches.

However, you must have a valid driver’s license to operate it, and you may not operate it on any sidewalk, limited access highway or turnpike, according to the DMV. Also, if the maximum speed of your cycle is less than the speed limit of the road that you are on, you must operate in the right hand lane available for traffic or upon a usable shoulder on the right side of the road unless you are making a left turn.

Mini-Motorcycles (pocket bikes) cannot be registered, and continue to be prohibited from use on any roadway or sidewalk. These vehicles have seat heights that are less than 26 inches.

Three-Wheeled Vehicles that have or are designed to have a driver’s seat that is completely enclosed, and a motor which is not in the enclosed area, are not motorcycles under Connecticut law, and may not be registered as motorcycles.

If you are about to purchase a three-wheeled vehicle with an enclosed driver’s seat or a kit for assembling such a vehicle, first call 860-263-5080 to determine whether it may be registered in Connecticut. Connecticut motor vehicle law may differ from other state and federal law. Many three-wheeled vehicles with enclosed seats cannot practically be modified to meet the Connecticut passenger vehicle requirements, the DMV says.

Quads may not be driven on public roads.

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